Peggy Smedley

About Peggy Smedley

Peggy is an internationally known, highly respected personality and speaker in the media world educating businesses and consumers on the latest technological advances shaping everyday lives. An outspoken advocate and supporter of the construction industry, Peggy is the quick-witted host of The Peggy Smedley Show, the editorial director of Constructech magazine and its sister publication Connected World magazine, as well as the president of Specialty Publishing Co.

The Era of Smart in Construction

Are you ready for the era of smart in the construction industry? Ready or not. It is coming, as the IoT (Internet of Things) is poised to help in connecting various smart devices together. This can include everything from sensors, to wearables, and so much more. The increasing need for data analysis and integration of analytics will push this forward in a number of industries, including construction.

Exoskeletons: Safety and a Rising Generation of Workers

Amid a pandemic, construction companies are determining how to make jobsites a little bit safer, partly in an effort to attract a more diverse range of workers—and tech companies, manufacturers, and tool companies are coming to market with some interesting solutions.

What Can Construction Expect in Cities?

The construction of buildings and cities needs to evolve—taking into consideration density and social distancing. Contractors will be tasked with making all these changes—quickly. In fact, I see a boom coming in order to make all these much-needed changes come to fruition.

Riding the Digital Rails

As we know, population growth, rapid urbanization, and the move to being carbon neutral are driving the advancement of rail and transit. Still, the construction industry has tight budgets, short project deadlines, and a labor shortage. The answer to all of this lies in our digital solutions.

Email: Is It Safe?

There are a number of file-sharing systems on the market, and yet, the majority of people still turn to email to share their files. But is it safe?

One new report says, not so much.Research from NordLocker shows people mostly use email to share their files, with 58% of people using it in the United States and 56% in the United Kingdom. Other common ways people share files are cloud services, messaging apps, and external drives.

Brotherhood: You’ve Got to be Kidding!

It is no secret that we as a society have a need to belong. Many psychologists say we want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Being part of a community, if done well, can reinforce that positive view and identity for the group. A strong group is able to define what it is, and what the group isn’t.

The IoT in Construction: Start Here

A new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit aims to show that a lack of technological know-how and security concerns do not have to be a permanent state. Rather, support exists for those who are inspired by the potential of the IoT (Internet of Things), but are unsure of their own first step.

3 Ways Elevator Tech Is Going Up

Right now every building owner is trying to find ways to make their tenants feel safe as employees return to work—and tech companies and manufacturers are responding. Interestingly, we are seeing companies finding new and innovative ways in an effort to combat any future outbreak of COVID-19 or preventing any pandemic like this from ever shutting down the country, let alone the world.

Biometrics Calculate for Masks

As governments around the world have started requiring people to wear face masks, the IoT (Internet of Things), AI (artificial intelligence), and biometrics continue to evolve to meet today’s needs in a COVID-19 era. Consider the example of a new face and voice biometrics platform, which is capable of recognizing users wearing masks.

Signs of Decline, Let’s Look up

The numbers are starting to roll in and we are beginning to see some of the big companies in the market reporting that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is leading to a decline in sales. These numbers only add to the massive 13% workforce decline on April numbers. Let’s take a closer look at some of the other numbers.